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England, a country in northwest Europe, is the largest and most populous country of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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  • This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle
    This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
    This other Eden, demi-paradise,
    This fortress built by Nature for herself
    Against infection and the hand of war,
    This happy breed of men, this little world,
    This precious stone set in the silver sea,
    Which serves it in the office of a wall
    Or as a moat defensive to a house,
    Against the envy of less happier lands,—
    This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
  • You often hear that the English climate has had a profound effect upon the English temperament. I don't believe it. I believe they were always like that.
    • Will Cuppy in W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish and Other Country Bumps (New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1937)
  • The rustics of England, especially those inhabiting the South hams (villages) of Devonshire, have great fun Wassailing the Orchards on Christmans Eve, New Year's and Twelfth Nigh (Boxing Day), when they drink toasts to the largest apple trees and sprinkle them with cyder (cider) carried by the beadle, the parish clerk, or some other such obsolete individual. The Devonshire people do this because they did it the year before.
    • Will Cuppy in W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish and Other Country Bumps (New York: Farrar and Rinehart, 1937)
  • The English take their pleasures sadly after the fashion of their country.
  • To be an Englishman is to belong to the most exclusive club there is.
  • Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.
  • England is a nation of shopkeepers.
    • Napoleon, (quoting Adam Smith) from Napoleon at St Helena by O'Meara.

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  • The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it.
  • I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world.
  • Not to be English was for my family so terrible a handicap as almost to place the sufferer in the permanent invalid class.
  • We do not regard Englishmen as foreigners. We look on them only as rather mad Norwegians.
  • England is the only country in the world where the food is more dangerous than sex.
  • An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.
  • Humour is practically the only thing about which the English are utterly serious.
  • In left-wing circles it is always always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true, that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during 'God save the King' than of stealing from a poor box.
  • In England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.
  • You should study the Peerage.... It is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.
  • On the Continent, people have good food; in England, people have good table manners.
  • Many continentals think life is a game; the English think cricket is a game.
  • Do not be misled by memories of your youth when, on the Continent, wanting to describe someone as exceptionally dull, you remarked: 'He is the type who would discuss the weather with you.' In England this is an ever-interesting, even thrilling topic, and you must be good at discussing the weather.
  • I have seen much to hate here, much to forgive. But in a world where England is finished and dead, I do not wish to live.
  • England expects every man will do his duty.
    • Horatio Nelson, flags he ordered hoisted on the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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